HARRIS COUNTY, TX – A 22-year-old man out on bond for murder charges was shot and killed inside the store in northwest Harris County, Texas. Police believe that the victim in the case may have been targeted.
The victim, in this case, Davion Potts, was out of jail on a $75,000 bond for his alleged involvement in the murder of 47-year-old Travis Rowden when tragedy struck for Potts’ family.
Police say that Potts was inside of the Primos Food Mart at 14180 Tomball Pkwy (SH 249) when he was shot and killed.
Homicide investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said that Potts walked into the Primos Food Mart when an unknown man followed him inside. Once the unknown man/suspect entered, he retrieved a firearm and shot Potts several times, killing him.
At this time, homicide detectives are assuming that the assailant knew Potts in some manner and that the homicide was a targeted attack.
At this time in their investigation, they have not released any details if they have anyone identified or if they have any potential motives for the murder.
Texas man out on bond on murder charge fatally shot
“Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that 22-year-old Davion Potts was followed into Primos Food Store by an unknown man who then shot Potts…The motive is unknown,””
Umm, I think I know the motive. https://t.co/OxUsn1kklc
— John – Reliably Reliable Sources – Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 14, 2021
Family members of the man that Potts’ allegedly murdered must find some irony in the case since Potts allegedly shot and killed Rowden in December of 2020. Rowden’s sister, Angela Pesina, said that she learned of Potts’ death on December 13th and said:
“You live by the gun, you die by the gun. It’s just what it is.”
Pesina said that she was shaken when she heard the news before she had much time to digest it. She said:
“I was just shaking, thinking, ‘That’s crazy.’”
Pesina then added that she did not want Potts to die for allegedly murdering her brother, instead, she said she had hoped that he would have somehow been able to better himself after the incident. She said:
“I wanted Potts to sit down for a little bit and better himself and do better. He can be a testament to Jesus or God or whatever, change his life. That’s what I wanted. I never wanted him to die. That’s crazy.”
Harris County Detectives are asking for anyone with any information on Potts’ homicide to contact them so that they can hold the person accountable.
Police are describing the shooter as a tall black male with a thin build. Police are asking that anyone with any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible contact them at 713 274-9100 or Crimestoppers at 713 222-8477.
Potts was accused of murder stemming from what was described as a road rage incident allegedly between him and Rowden.
On December 8, 2020, Rowden was stopped at the intersection of North Houston Rosslyn Road near Bammel North Houston at a traffic light.
Davion Potts was out on bond for the 2020 death of a man, when he was gunned down over the weekend. But Potts' alleged victim's family is not celebrating his death. https://t.co/An4czYDxtc
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) December 14, 2021
While Rowden was stopped, Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported that a black Dodge Charger pulled up behind Rowden two people exited, one being Potts and the other an unidentified female passenger.
The woman began screaming that Rowden had struck her car and while Potts approached Rowden’s truck.
When the light turned green, Rowden began to drive away and Potts allegedly pulled a firearm and fired several rounds into the cab of the truck.
At least one of those rounds struck Rowden in the head, causing him to crash. Potts and the female allegedly then fled the scene in the black Charger.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical responded to the scene and Rowden was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office noted that Rowden was not the only occupant of the truck as there was a woman and three children who were also inside, but thankfully not physically injured.
Harris County homicide detectives identified Potts as the suspect and took him into custody about a week after the shooting. Potts was released on bond in March of this year.
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The suspect, 36-year-old Jose Manuel Martinez Garcia was taken into custody on October 5th and charged on Friday, December 10th with 14 felonies. The charges include forcible rape, attempted murder, kidnapping, and additional sex-related counts.
The suspect, who reportedly drove around the area in a white Chevy Silverado and a white Dodge Ram, was held without bail. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office alleges that Garcia physically or sexually assaulted six women in Coachella Valley between September 2020 and August 2021.
On Thursday, December 9th, the office detailed the case in a press release:
“The attacks included three victims being strangled to unconsciousness and two incidents in which the victim was struck by the defendant’s pickup. In one of those, the victim sustained a broken leg. She was left injured in a ditch in Thermal for several days before being found and given medical assistance.”
The press release also stated that Garcia is a Mexican national who was living in Coachella. He previously lived in the Bakersfield area. Authorities say Garcia also spent some time near Westminster in Orange County.
Some of the victims and the suspect reside outside of the Coachella Valley.
Therefore, the district attorney’s office and investigators from other agencies including the Indio Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, are asking anyone with information about Garcia or who may have also been a victim to contact Sr. DA Investigator Claudia Herrera at 760-863-7809.
If convicted, Garcia faces a potential sentence of life in prison. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Shea Strand of the DA’s Special Victims Unit.
In a separate incident, a man accused of sexually assaulting multiple victims has been arrested by San Antonio police and has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of robbery.
According to authorities, officers were initially called to the 100 block of Lewis after a victim called to report a man had broken into her apartment and sexually assaulted her.
The man fled the scene on foot. Police were then called tp Cypress Street nearby for another report of a man breaking into a location and sexually assaulting a victim inside.
The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) said that the suspect’s description in both incidents matches that of 25-year-old Demarco Culpepper, who was arrested on Friday, December 10th.
This is not the first time Culpepper has been arrested for a similar crime. Online court records show both sexual assault cases he faced last year were dropped due to missing witnesses.
According to online court records, bond for all three of Culpepper’s charges total $800,000 and as of this writing, he is still being held in the Bexar County Jail.
In Bentonville, Arkansas, a man admitted to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl more than 19 years after he failed to show up for his original court date. Thirty-eight-year-old Ricardo Jaramillo-Guillen pleaded guilty on Monday, December 13th to sexual assault.
He was originally charged with rape, but agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge under a plea bargain. He was arrested in February 2002 and later charged with rape.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim told authorities she was visiting a friend on February 1, 2002 and Jaramillo-Guillen raped her in the bathroom of the house. He told officers that the was at the home when the girl visited, but denied having any sexual contact with her.
He failed to appear to a court hearing on October 14, 2002 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested on the warrant on February 14, 2020 after serving a 10-month sentence for illegal re-entry into the country.
He was arrested after being released from federal custody and on Monday, December 13th, he admitted to sexually assaulting the girl. Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green sentenced him to 12 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
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